Don't just go to A&E this May bank holiday
NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group is reminding local patients that A&E is for life-threatening illnesses only ahead of the May bank holiday weekend.
As residents prepare to get outdoors and enjoy the three day weekend, they are being encouraged to think before visiting their A&E department as alternative health services are available locally.
Dr Marc Rowland, local GP and Chair for NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said people should not use the ambulance service and A&E as an alternative to their GP if their GP surgery was closed on the bank holiday Monday.
"There are other health services in Lewisham that can provide quicker and more appropriate treatment if you have a minor injury or ailment," he said.
"If your GP surgery is closed and you haven't got a life threatening illness or injury you can call SELDOC on 020 8693 9066 or visit the NHS Choices website to find the right service.
"You will receive more appropriate treatment more quickly and free up local A&E staff to help those patients with the most serious conditions if you use the right health service for your needs.
"It is also important to plan ahead and make sure you have enough medicines to see you through the Bank holiday weekend when your GP surgery will be closed."
Alternative NHS services available to Lewisham residents over the May bank holiday:
- Self-care – people suffering from minor ailments such as coughs and colds, grazes and hangovers should treat themselves at home or visit their local pharmacy
- Pharmacies – your local pharmacist is qualified to offer advice on health issues and medication as well as treat headaches, an upset stomach and other common illnesses
Urgent Care Centre (UCC) – with no appointment necessary your local urgent care centre is managed by doctors and nurses who are available to deal with minor illnesses and injuries, such as cuts, burns, sprains and suspected breaks. The Lewisham UCC, Lewisham Hospital, Lewisham High Street, London SE13 6LH or call 020 8333 3000 or visit www.lewishamandgreenwich.nhs.uk
- Walk-in centre - with no appointment necessary your local walk in centre is managed by doctors and nurses who are available to deal with minor illnesses and injuries, such as cuts, burns, sprains and suspected breaks. The Waldron Health Centre can be found at Suite 3 Waldron Health Centre, Amersham Vale, London SE14 6LD.
- GP out-of-hours service – If you need to see a doctor when your GP surgery is closed, GP out-of-hours services are available from SELDOC (South East London Doctors Cooperative) on 020 8693 9066. A call handler will take your details and a local GP will call you back within 60 minutes or sooner if necessary. If you need to be seen, a convenient appointment can be booked on the same day with SELDOC at their sites at Lewisham Urgent Care Centre, Dulwich Community Hospital in East Dulwich or Gracefield Gardens walk in centre in Streatham.
- People can download a guide to local alternative services from here.
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